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Rafael Campo

Rafael Campo teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His books include Diva (Duke, 2000), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Landscape with Human Figure (Duke, 2002), winner of the Gold Medal from ForeWord magazine; and The Healing Art (Norton, 2003). His website is


Whitman Now

Spring 2005 | Essays

To contemplate Walt Whitman now, at the dawn of a new millennium in an America so deeply troubled by division and hypocrisy—almost the antithesis of the great nation of inclusion and tolerance he envisioned in Leaves of Grass—is intensely ironic indeed.

Addressed to Her

Spring 2004 | Poetry

On seeing you that second time last night,
Pat Benatar a disembodied blare
amidst a night yet ravenous for dares,
I thought I’d talk to you, to ask you why